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THE HISTORY
OF
4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE

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APPENDIX A

BRIGADE COMMANDERS

January 1940 to April 1941
 
Brigadier J. A. L. Caunter. DSO, MC (Royal Tank Regt)
April 1941 to April 1942
 
Brigadier A. H. Gatehouse, DSO, MC (Royal Tank Regt)
April 1942 to July 1942
 
Brigadier G. W. Richards, CB, CBE, DSO, MC (Royal Tank Regt)
July 1942 to September 1942
 
Brigadier W. G. Carr, DSO (12th Royal Lancers)
September 1942 to November 1942
 
Brigadier M. G. Roddick, DSO (10th Royal Hussars)
November 1942 to January 1943
 
Brigadier C. B. C. Harvey, DSO (10th Royal Hussars)
January 1943 to February 1943
 
Brigadier D.S. Newton-King, DSO (4th South African Armoured Car Regt)
February 1943 to December 1943 and March 1944 to June 1944 Brigadier J. C. Currie, DSO, MC (Royal Artillery)
December 1943 to March 1944
 
Brigadier H. J. B. Cracroft, DSO (Royal Tank Regt)
June 1944 onwards
 
Brigadier R. M. P. Carver, DSO, MC (Royal Tank Regt)

APPENDIX B

UNITS OF THE BRIGADE

This list does not include all units which have ever served in the brigade but gives the official composition of the brigade at different times, excluding Headquarters 4th Armoured Brigade and 4th Armoured Brigade Signals.
January to May 1940
  • 1st Royal Tank Regiment
  • 6th Royal Tank Regiment
May to October 1940
  • 7th Hussars
  • 6th Royal Tank Regiment
November 1940 to February 1941
  • 7th Hussars
  • 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
  • 6th Royal Tank Regiment
May to June 1941
  • 4th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 7th Royal Tank Regiment
August 1941 to February 1942
  • 2nd Royal Horse Artillery
  • 2nd Bn The Scots Guards
  • 8th Hussars
  • 3rd Royal Tank Regiment
  • 5th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 5 Company, Royal Army Service Corps
April 1942 to July 1942
  • 1st Royal Horse Artillery
  • 8th Hussars
  • 3rd Royal Tank, Regiment
  • 5th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • 5 Company R.A.S.C.
August 1942 to May 1943
The composition of 4th Light Armoured Brigade was constantly changing but the following were generally part of it.
  • 3rd Royal Horse Artillery
  • The Kings' Dragoon Guards
  • The Royal Dragoons
  • The Royal Scots Greys
  • 4/8th Hussars
  • 11th Hussars
  • 12th Royal Lancers
  • 1st Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps (up to January 1943)
  • 2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps (after January 1943)
  • 5 Company R.A.S.C.
  • 14th Light Field Ambulance R.A.M.C.
July to August 1943. Sicily.
  • 'A' Squadron The Royal Dragoons
  • 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
  • 44th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • 5 Company R.A.S.C.
  • 14th Light Field Ambulance
  • 318 Armoured Brigade Workshops R.E.M.E.
August 1943 to January 1944
As above with addition of
  • 46th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 50th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 98th Field Regiment Royal Artillery (Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry)
February 1944 to May 1945
  • 4th Royal Horse Artillery (joined June 1944)
  • The Royal Scots Greys
  • 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) (became 3/4th in July 1944)
  • 44th Royal Tank Regiment
  • 2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • 5 Company R.A.S.C
  • 14th Light Field Ambulance
  • 4th Armoured Brigade Workshops (originally 318)
  • 4th Armoured Brigade Ordnance Field Park
  • 271 Forward Delivery Squadron R.A.C.
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